Registration is under way
for the Seventh Annual Seminar on October 18.
who is often featured in this newsletter, will speak on four topics of special
interest to genealogy researchers.
miss this opportunity to hear one of the premier genealogy lecturers.
Morgan is the best-selling author of
Official Guide to Ancestry.com
to Do Everything with Your Genealogy. Visit his company's website at AhaSeminars.com.
Please use the
registration form on page 6 and
reserve your spot now.
& Means Project
It is that time of year! Tickets are
now on sale for a beautiful quilt to be raffled at the seminar. Funds raised by
this project are used entirely to purchase books & CD’s for the SOCCGS
Genealogy Library. Be sure to buy one, or six, and don’t forget to let your
friends in on this opportunity. Tickets are $1.00 each, or six for $5.00. A
picture of the quilt and a seminar registration form may be found on the SOCCGS
Safari News –
you unable to access online genealogy databases using your Carlsbad Library
Card? If so, you will need to sign up for a new card. The August 27th safari will be an
excellent opportunity for you to do so.
you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I
will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and
we exchange these ideas, then each of us
will have two ideas.”
On the road, sightseeing,
for 32 days can be a tiring journey. However, when it is blended with ancestral
and cemetery research, it becomes very exciting. From June 13th to July 14th, Helen and I had some
great experiences and meaningful connections with friends, family, and new
friends we met at nine “Bed and Breakfast” locations in seven different States.
We toured Glacier National Park, Little Big Horn, Mount Rushmore, and Deadwood,
South Dakota. We visited with aunts, uncles, first cousins, distant cousins,
and, in Helen’s case, high school classmates from the “Class of 1958.” I
collected over 30 pages of documents from two different locations regarding the
Bluett family. All in all, it was a very successful trip. You can’t beat going
directly to the location where your ancestors lived, and talk with people from
Our Honda Civic did its job on our
6500-mile journey. It averaged 38 miles to the gallon for the entire trip. On
many days, we would fill the tank at a Costco location and then have our $1.50
lunch – a Polish Sausage Dog and soft drink. By staying a total of eleven
nights in the B&B network, our nightly lodging expenses averaged $39. So,
our sightseeing/genealogy vacation turned out to be very reasonable compared to
what the cost might have been.
While in Cheney, Washington, we
attended the Methodist Church where my great-grandfather, James W. Bluett,
ministered during the 1880’s. They welcomed us with open arms, introduced us
during the service, and then pulled out old record books for us to peruse after
the service was over. They made copies of membership, marriage and baptismal
information from the 1880’s and refused my offer to pay. It was a humbling
experience to be in that church and be treated like family. The next day, we
went to James’ grave in Spokane. His gravestone, located in the center of a
large 20’ X 25’ plot, was a pinnacle style about five feet high with very nice
inscriptions. The only other graves in the plot were his wife and a 3 year-old
daughter. It may have been assumed that other family members would be buried
there in the future.
Helen had a similar experience in
Creston, Montana. We stopped at the Mennonite Church which her grandparents,
and Anna Eimen,
helped establish in 1908, and talked with the pastor. After a while, the church
office secretary (Freda Kauffman) arrived. After talking with her, we realized
that she was a 3rd or 4th cousin to Helen. Helen was
given a Church History book and some additional documentation about the
families to which Helen’s grandparents were related. We then traveled a short
distance down the road to meet Freda’s father-in-law, who is 92 years old. We
sat and talked with Paul Kauffman for about an hour and a half. As a child, he
had heard stories about the Eimen family, and knew where they had lived. When
we left, he gave us general directions and we were able to find the approximate
location of the Eimen farm. This was where Helen’s father, Seth Eimen, was born
in August 1911. Three months prior to his birth, a tragic event took place.
Charley, an 11 year-old brother, went fishing with a neighbor friend. The boys
did not come home that evening and everyone searched into the night. The search
was resumed the next morning and fishing poles were found at a nearby logging
millpond. The boy’s bodies were finally found under some logs. They must have
ventured out onto the logs, as they had seen the logging mill workers do, and
fell between the logs – trapped underwater. The Eimen family and the entire
community grieved the loss of Charley and Jimmie. I suspect this is why Helen’s
grandparents eventually moved back to Iowa in 1913 closer to their brothers,
sisters, and other immediate family. Helen and I did not see the actual pond,
however, we knew that we were near the location of this sad incident in her
family’s history. We did visit Charley’s grave in the Creston Cemetery.
This is just a brief sampling of
experiences we enjoyed on our trip. I highly recommend a vacation of this type
so that you too, might have the opportunity to visit ancestral locations
firsthand. The “Bed and Breakfast” connection made the trip less expensive and
more fun. We did stay more than one night at a few locations in order to do
additional sightseeing and more thorough research. We enjoyed visiting with our
hosts, and each breakfast served was fantastic! Good lodging and good food. You
can’t beat that! So, I think I’m going to start planning another
sightseeing/genealogy vacation in the not to distant future. How about you?
"Most folks are about as happy as they make
up their minds to be."
~Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
were eighty persons in attendance to hear Connie Moretti’s interesting and
informative lecture on Newspaper Research. Some of the websites to which she
referred appear on page 5. Bill Bluett shared a very old German Bible that was
given to his wife, Helen. It had belonged to her great grandfather. Barbara
Wilgus reports that quilt tickets amounting to $56 were sold during the
meeting. Sharing pictures of family members who were in the military, was a
highlight of this meeting. In all, we heard nineteen stories. Next month
members are encouraged to bring pictures of family members who were involved in
sports (high school, college, professional, or?). Guests at the meeting were:
Tom & Sally Hamilton, Kiril Kundurazieff, Sandy Rubinfeld and Diane
Wahrruan. Pat Weeks and Mary Ellen Sayr provided delicious treats, which were
served outside by Trish and Sierra Leard. Thank you!
welcome new members: Barbara Harley,
and Elaine Gundlach, Laguna Hills,
EMG0892@aol.com. Elaine is searching
LOMBARD, SANASTONE, GUNDLACH, BROWN, NEVILLE and WEEDEN. Barbara is searching
for KENDYS, Camden, NJ 1937. John A.
& Bliss Hill, Laguna Woods,
. Rosanna Gahran who joined last month is searching in Germany for
BRUGGEMANN, SCHOLLMEYER, ZEILFELDER, and GAUGHRAN, GAHRAN, BISHOP, BRASE in New
York. Virginia Gilmore has a new
Hill, one of SOCCGS’ newest members, has begun putting his family history
online using “Google Page Creator”. He was assisted starting this project by
Herb Abrams. John has invited us to check out his website, listed above.
Herb Abrams: Google Page Creator allows
100MB of free space for your web site. Actually it allows a maximum of three
 web sites per user. It is assumed that the 100MB is for all three sites. It
provides the tools for creating your site and I was really impressed with how
user friendly it is. No knowledge of
html is necessary. To get started go to the above website.
Findmypast.com, in association with The
National Archives, is proud to present ancestorsonboard, a new database
featuring Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British
Isles from 1960 right back to 1890. With ancestorsonboard, you can search for
passenger list records of individuals or groups of people leaving for
destinations including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and
USA ports. Passengers include immigrants and emigrants, businessmen, diplomats
and tourists. Images of the passenger lists are available to download, view,
save and print. Free to search.
Year Was 1938
year was 1938 and many countries were still engulfed in the Great Depression.
Rumblings of World War II were heard as Hitler and the Nazis grew in power. In
Germany, laws were passed disenfranchising the Jewish population and in October
an estimated 15,000 Jewish people, originally from Poland, were sent to the
Polish border. Enraged by his parents' deportation, a seventeen-year-old
assassinated the Third Secretary of the German Embassy in Paris. This gave the
Nazis the excuse they needed and on the night of 9 November, Nazis stormed
through cities burning synagogues and breaking windows in Jewish homes and
businesses. 30,000 Jewish men were imprisoned in concentration camps. The
sounds of breaking glass gave the infamous night its name--Kristallnacht.
disaster that year was of the fictional variety, but it brought panic
nonetheless, as mass hysteria gripped thousands of radio listeners when the
Mercury Theater broadcasted its dramatization of the H.G. Wells science fiction
work, War of the Worlds. In other entertainment news that year, “Superman” made
his first appearance in Action Comics, and a wily rabbit named “Bugs Bunny”
debuted in the cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt." Movies from 1938 include
Adventures of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn, and
Favorite tunes of the year included A-Tisket, A Tasket, Jeepers Creepers, You
Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, and Whistle While You Work, from the Disney
movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Depression-weary America embraced an unlikely hero in the form of a long-shot
racehorse named Seabiscuit. (Excerpted from Ancestry Weekly Journal, 13 August
2007, © 2008, The Generations Network)
Ship Finally Came In
~ David Flint
Many of you may have done research
to find ancestors in the various passenger-list websites that are available to
search on the Internet. Well, it was finally my turn – but I was searching for
myself and my own family, rather than a distant ancestor. I was born in England
and left there at the age of 10 with my family when we sailed to Canada in
1954. I have lots of memories of the trip from England, but at 10 years old, I
did not remember the vital details a genealogist would want to know, such as
the date we sailed, or the port from which we left or intended destination.
These are important details which I have wanted to find for many years.
I followed the news for the past
couple of years about a project to digitize and index the outbound passenger
lists for people who left the U.K. for long-distance voyages, to various ports
around the world, between 1890 and 1960. Every few months there was an update
that another decade had been completed. I was patiently waiting for the last
decade so that I could search for my own family. An article in the current
the news that my ship had finally come in – the last decade of the indexing and
digitizing project was completed and available online.
Everton’s reported that the project
was done in association with the British National Archives by the leading UK
family history website,
The project team recorded over 24 million passengers and scanned more than 1.1
million full color pages of passenger lists. On most lists the old home address
of passengers is given, as well as age, occupation, destination and other
details of interest to a genealogist. Destinations include Australia, Canada,
India, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA -- featuring ports such as Boston,
Philadelphia and New York. All seven decades of the passenger lists may be
searched free at FindMyPast.com, however, there is a charge to view index
details or to download images of documents. You may buy a subscription for one
month or one year, or vouchers for pay-per-view use of the website.
I purchased a one-month subscription
for just under $30, figuring I could find what I needed in a short period of
time. I remembered that the name of the ship on which we left England was the
Ascania of the Cunard Line. A
search for the name “Flint” aboard the
Ascania in the time frame
1950-1955 quickly revealed my whole family. The passenger list showed my father
Thomas Flint, age 34 and my mother Ida Flint, age 37. My eight-year old brother Roy was listed
incorrectly in both the passenger list and index as Ray. And there I was, age
10, a “scholar” as English records typically list students or school aged
children. The list also showed my
father’s occupation as tailor. I learned that we left from the port of
Liverpool, England on 20 May 1954 bound for Montreal, Canada. The passenger
list indicated that our last address in England was 445 Garratt Lane, London,
S.W. 18. (That is the old pre-postal code for the part of London that includes
Wandsworth, which is where we lived.) I downloaded and printed copies of the
passenger list page that included my family, and the index page entries for
each family member.
Next, I needed some information
about the ship; perhaps even a photo. The website
includes an extensive listing of transatlantic ships that carried emigrants
(not just those departing from Norway), plus information about the various
shipping lines that owned the ships. It was very easy to locate the listing for
which provided the history of the ship, its size and tonnage, and photos. I learned that the Cunard Line owned two
ships named Ascania.
The first one, built in 1911, was wrecked in 1918. The second and larger one, built in 1925, was
my ship. It was scrapped in 1956. I also
obtained a full history on the Cunard Line from this website.
I have since made other searches on
FindMyPast.com and located the passenger lists for relatives of my mother who
also left England for Canada, and others who left Scotland for the United
States. Overall I found this website to
be extremely useful in filling the gaps for some details in my family’s
history, and I now have a more complete record of my own emigration from
England. It was a great thrill to obtain
this information, and well worth the thirty bucks!
is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe,
the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape,
Whining, Remote Control,
The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers."
Websites of Interest to Genealogists”
- Find your ancestors on
Record Search. Search millions of indexed records. Browse through images of
records waiting to be indexed. More records are being added every month. Do
your part. Become an indexer. Join thousands of volunteers around the world who
are helping to make more free records available online through FamilySearch
- Hawaiian, Azorean,
Portugal references and links for anyone interested in that area of
research. Includes Pearl Harbor death
lists and good information on how to research Portuguese records as well as the
. - A link to passports
issued from Point Delgada, Azores.
http://ulukau.org/gsdl2.7/cgi-bin/algene - State of Hawaii site
One of these days I will get on the ball on write up something. I know some
people are trying to do this research.
http://www.raogk.org - Random Acts of
Genealogical Kindness is a site that lists volunteers in various states and
countries who will look up information.
http://www.geni.com - Make your family tree
http://www.cpsalumni.org - Chicago
Public Schools have put up a website with pdf lists of eighth grade and high
school graduates from 1873 to 1973. A list of schools with history and address
of each is available.
Websites Recommended By Connie Moretti
Linkpendium.com – Genealogy Links
WorldVitalRecords.com (Available at the SOCCGS Library.)
Footnote.com – (Browse newspapers.
(Available at the SOCCGS Library.)
paperofrecord.com – United States &
theoldentimes.com - Historic
Newspapers Online - Always FREE!
genealogybank.com - Historic
Newspapers Online for Genealogical & Historical Research. 18th- through early
20th-century Newspapers from the U. S., England, Scotland, Ireland & Australia!
(Free to search.)
“U. S. Newspaper Program” -
ancestry.com - Historical Newspaper
(Available at the SOCCGS Library.)
“Chronicling America”, enhances access to
America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view
newspaper pages from 1897-1910 and find information about American newspapers
published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of
the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
Ancestral Space is a social
network for genealogists.
With ancestralspace.com you get a free site, the
ability to share videos and photos, join and start groups, and talk with
friends and family all for free.
Herb Abrams invites you to visit his space @
Have you searched the Surname Website lately? Herb Abrams will update your information on
the SOCCGS Surname Listing as needed. Please check your information, and if
corrections and/or additions are necessary notify Herb at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 581-6292).
New members are especially
encouraged to add their Surnames to this list. Send an email to Herb listing your surnames,
locations and years you are researching.
******Thanks to the following members for contributing
website information: Pat Nostrome, Karen Dill, Shirley Fraser, Marlene Elster,
Donna Hobbs, Marcia Roy & David Flint.
is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."
attended the Jamboree June 17 & 28 in Burbank and really enjoyed it. There
were a lot of seminars available and all that I attended were very informative.
Of course, meeting other attendees was worth the price of admission. The
Burbank Convention Center was nice, as was the hotel. The Hotel restaurant was
pricey and so-so food but I didn’t want to walk around the construction and
cross the street, especially alone at night. There were morning rolls and
coffee and lunch available for purchase at the Jamboree. The exhibits were
good. I bought 3 DNA tests from Family Tree DNA and the Legacy software and
“someday” I will switch my Family Tree research. The speakers were good. I
bought the syllabus, which is well worth $10.00 and referred to it often. Also,
there is good info and websites in it so didn’t have to take too many notes. I
have donated the free CD, that was given out, to the SOCCGS Library. It has the
syllabus on it. I encourage every one to try to go next year. It will be June
I was able to attend all three days
of the SCGS Jamboree. It was a very well produced conference. I attended two lectures presented by George
Morgan, who will be the SOCCGS 2008 Seminar speaker. Having this chance to
preview Mr. Morgan allows me to say that you are in for a treat in October.
The general quality of the speakers
at the Jamboree has steadily increased each year since I first attended several
years ago. The Jamboree provides a wide range of subjects and specialties to
learn about – everything from beginning genealogy to DNA research, forensic
genealogy, technology, digital photography, and preservation. The conference
syllabus is 312 pages.
The exhibits were excellent. The
large exhibit hall was filled with over 50 vendors, genealogy groups and
exhibitors. I had a great time and will definitely attend again next year. I
hope to see some of you there!
You Registered for SOCCGS’ Seminar?
George G. Morgan’s Topics
Where Family Facts May Hide”
Developing An Ancestor Profile”
“The U.S. Naturalization Process &
Documents: 1790 to 1954”
“Colonial & Early American Land Records:
The Process & Evidence”